Former 5-Star Alabama RB Camar Wheaton Transfers to SMU

Doric SamApril 12, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 01: Wilson footballs are lined up on the field prior to the game between the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. SC won 49-15. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Former Alabama running back Camar Wheaton has found a new home.

Wheaton announced that he is transferring to SMU after one season with the Crimson Tide. According to Michael Casagrande of Al.com, Wheaton was one of seven 5-star recruits in Alabama's 2021 class, which 247Sports ranked No. 1 all-time.

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Per Casagrande, Wheaton is one of 16 Alabama players from last year's team to have entered the transfer portal.

Wheaton didn't see any game action last season after picking up a knee injury in preseason camp. Alabama had also lost Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams to ACL injuries. Both of them will be back for the Crimson Tide along with redshirt junior Trey Sanders and junior Georgia Tech transfer Jahmyr Gibbs.

Wheaton was ranked as the No. 3 running back and No. 34 player overall in the class of 2021 by 247Sports' composite rankings. 247Sports national analyst Gabe Brooks described Wheaton as a "big-play threat on every touch" and "among the nation's top 2021 running back prospects with long-term early-round NFL draft ceiling."

Wheaton earned a selection to the All-American Bowl after rushing for 3,731 yards and 48 touchdowns in his career for Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland, Texas.

SMU has now landed nine transfers in the 2022 recruiting cycle. Wheaton is the highest-rated player in a group that also includes former Georgia offensive tackle Owen Condon and former Texas wide receiver Joshua Moore.